Recruiting 101: Know Your Options

Christy Ann Linder
Of the 82 NCAA institutions that support women's gymnastics teams, 62 are in Division I, five are in Division II, and 15 are in Division III. The basic differences between them are outlined below:

Division I

These are often larger schools with bigger budgets. These schools enroll the most students and offer the most academic majors. Athletically, because of the larger budgets, they typically have the maximum coaching staff allowed: one head coach, two assistant coaches and a volunteer coach. They also might have a director of operations, a dedicated athletic trainer, several student managers, and other benefits, such as training tables. Also, training facilities are usually on campus.  

The other important difference in regard to being a Division I student-athlete is the athletic demand. Academics are always the purpose of why you are going to college, but at a Division I school the expectations is very high on your performance and even the pressure to do well as a team.

All Division I schools are allowed 12 athletic scholarships per year if they are fully funded. The only exception for gymnastics are the four Ivy League schools that do not give out athletic scholarships despite being in Division I.

National Championships: Host NCAA Championships each year (All divisions eligible)

Division II

These are typically mid-sized schools. Most generally have two coaches: a head coach and an assistant. They have an athletic trainer that may or may not travel with the team. 

All Division II schools are allowed six athletic scholarships per year. They typically combine an athletic scholarship with an academic scholarship to complete each athlete's funding.  

National Championships: Host Collegiate Championships each year (All divisions eligible)

Division III

These are generally smaller schools that are given smaller budgets for athletics, but are still devoted to achieving athletic success. They tend to be more focused on academics, but fund sports to attract students. They may only have one designated coach and could potentially have practice facilities offsite at a club. They also have an athletic trainer that may or may not travel to all the meets with the team.  

Academic only

National Championships: Host NCGA and NAIGC Championships each year

Now that you know your options for the sizes of different universities, you can make a more educated decision about where you think you'd fit in best!

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About Jill Hicks:
I was an elite gymnast and received an athletic scholarship to Oregon State. Because of an injury, I was asked to be one of the coaches, which began my 20-year career in college coaching. After Oregon State, I became the head coach at Cal State Fullerton. After coaching, I went on the Kellogg's Tour of Champions as the chaperone for the Fierce Five. When I returned, I launched my business, JH Consulting, which is an advising business for club gymnasts looking for help during the college recruitment process.

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Press release below via USA Gymnastics

INDIANAPOLIS, June 21, 2018 – At its June 20 meeting, the USA Gymnastics Interim Board of Directors confirmed the election of the new Board of Directors that was seated at the conclusion of the Interim Board’s meeting. Additionally, each of the five competitive disciplines has chosen its two representatives to serve on the newly created Programs Council. “We want to thank the Interim Board for their commitment to completing the necessary tasks of streamlining and reconstituting our Board of Directors in a short window of time,” said Kerry Perry, president and CEO of USA Gymnastics. “We look forward to working with the new Board to transform our organization to keep athlete safety and well-being as our priority and to promote a positive and empowered environment for our athletes and members to thrive and follow their dreams.” USA Gymnastics Board of Directors, as of June 20, 2018NOTE: Terms are staggered and indicated for each director.

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Event Finals Qualifiers - 2018 Junior Pan American Championships

Christy Ann Linder

Below are the gymnasts who qualified for the individual event finals at the 2018 Junior Pan American Championships, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The finals will be held Friday, June 15. The top eight gymnasts on each event, with a maximum of two gymnasts per country, qualify for event finals. 

USA, Bowers Strike Gold At 2018 Junior Pan Am Championships

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Wong, Bowers Lead Top USA Junior Women In The 2018 Pan American Champs

Christy Ann Linder

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For over a year now, USA Gymnastics has been operating in a state of turmoil from the backlash of Larry Nassar’s horrific crimes. What started as the largest sex abuse scandal in sports history has evolved to show major flaws in the way that the national governing body for gymnastics is run. They have been through a wave of resignations at the highest levels: the president of USAG, the national team coordinator, and the senior vice president of the Women’s Program, to name a few. 

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